Joe Martin will enter his ninth season as the Philadelphia University men’s golf program in 2017-18.
In the 2016-17 season, the Rams recorded an eighth-place finish in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship. Philadelphia had four second-place finishes in home tri-matches, was fourth in the Griffin Fall Invitational, and came in sixth at the Swarthmore Fall Invitational.
The 2013-14 season went down as one of the best seasons in program history, highlighted by Joseph Parker becoming the first Philadelphia University men’s golfer to qualify for the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional Men's Golf Championship. The Rams came in sixth place at the CACC Championship, tying their best finish in the event. Danny Carpenter received the first-ever CACC Top XV Award for having the highest cumulative grade-point average at the conference champion. Philadelphia earned the victory at the Immaculata Invitational and won a pair of tri-matches.
At the 2013 CACC Championship, Parker turned in the best finish for a Ram golfer in the event as he came in a tie for ninth place. The Rams had a sixth-place finish in the 2012 conference championship. In Martin’s first two years, Philadelphia was eighth in the CACC Championship.
In the classroom, seven Rams have been named to the CACC Men’s Golf All-Academic Team for having a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better. Carpenter is a three-time honoree, while Ed DiRugeris and Tom Gobrecht earned a place on the team twice.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at Philadelphia University, Martin was the varsity head coach at Nazareth Academy High School. While at Nazareth started the girl’s golf team.
Along with his experience at Nazareth Academy, Martin has held positions at golf institutions such as Dick's Sporting Goods and Somerton Springs Golf Shop. In the positions he held with these organizations he assisted golfers as a club technician, club fitter, and as a teacher of the game of golf. It is this experience that has given him a vast knowledge of the game, in the areas of the equipment, rules, and the mental aspects of the game that assists both players and teams in accomplishing their goals.
A 1980 graduate of St. Joseph's University, Martin resides in the Philadelphia area.